Restoring tolls on the western leg of the Mass Pike may not be popular, but it’s the best option the region has for financing road and bridge repairs. That’s the feeling of Second Hampshire State Rep John Scibak of South Hadley, who says it’s pay now, or pay later. But Governor Patrick says he won’t sign a compromise transportation bill sent his way by House and Senate leaders. Patrick says he’s not convinced it will provide $800 million in transportation funding by 2018. The plan would raise revenues by increasing gas and cigarette taxes and restoring tolls along the turnpike in Western Mass.
An announcement on whether a grand jury has indicted a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager is expected this afternoon.
Hagel was appointed less than two years ago as Obama pushed his signature program of winding up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The U.S. military will have a wider role to fight the Taliban alongside Afghan forces after the current mission ends next month.
The President shrugged off criticism of his executive action on immigration.